Technology’s change & evolution is so quick, we can barely keep up with the news surrounding us of new gadgets, softwares and what not’s. Today, Technological trends seem just like Fashion trends. “That’s so last Tuesday” a Cosmo reader would say if they catch you wearing Prada’s Spring-Summer ’10 high heels right now. Same dynamic applies to technology. Quite a nice way to interpret geeks as the new fashion judges.
Anyway, one case in particular is that of Rock Band or its competitor Guitar Hero. It wasn’t even 2 months ago when I was playing it at a friend’s house. True, it has been out for a little over two years now. However, it seems to have peaked and died by now. In this article –> http://mediamemo.allthingsd.com/20101223/game-off-viacom-dumps-rock-band-on-investment-group/?mod=ATD_rss Viacom, Rock Band’s developer, has sold it due to low popularity now.
At this pace, will those 15 minutes of fame become literal? Nevertheless, there are in fact thousands (if not millions) of other developments that never actually make it to the spotlight. Things that are obsolete or just plain vain inventions that offer no real value to the consumer.
In which case, there are even organizations that exist for that very purpose: to finance worthless inventions only to be handled as mockeries or pranks to the general public. Just like “Design Boom” http://www.designboom.com/history/useless.html A Japanese company that actually pays people to come up with trivial gadgets. Purpose? Just a little bit of fun.
It’s important though not to fall in the crack in between joke and actual functionality. Otherwise, you would just be the inventor of a failed purpose. The world knows it’s tough enough for the ones that actually do have a spot on the top of people’s minds.